Recently I discovered a way to renew my Malaysian passport in under 90 minutes, without the queues! Want to know how?
The good thing about this method is there are no forms to fill, no buttons to press, no machines to confuse you and the best thing is, you do not have to wait long for your new passport!
However, your current passport must be a chip-based passport. If it's not, sorry! You can stop reading here! : )
OK, actually this is not a new method. Some of you may have already renewed your passports using this method. It is called renewing passport via kiosks.
Now did I say that there is no machines to confuse you and no buttons to press? Yes, I did!! But there is in fact a machine - the kiosk! Only thing is, you do not need to touch the machine. There is someone on duty there who will do everything for you! At your service, my dear ladies and gentlemen!
I'm not sure which Immigration offices have this kiosk facility, but the one I went to is at Plaza Glomac in Kelana Jaya. If you stay in Petaling Jaya, this is a good place to renew your passport!
First, before you even go there, make sure you have these items with you ...
1. Your current chip-based passport
3. A photocopy of your MyKad (front and back to be photocopied on one side of the page)
4. One passport-sized photo (with blue background)
5. RM100 (2 years) or RM300 (5 years) - only RM50 and RM100 banknotes are accepted.
By the way, please take note that the kiosks only accept passport renewal for 32 pages. If you want 64 pages, you will have to do it the manual way.
Also, take note that only application for the 5 years passport will be granted the balance of the expiry period from the old passport. If you apply for 2 years, your passport will expire within 2 years from the date you renew!
So how do you do the renewal? Very simple! At the Immigration office in Plaza Glomac, there are only 2 kiosks. I was there last Tuesday at about 10.30am. There was only one person using the kiosk! No queue at all! Wow!
The kiosks were located inside a room. I entered the room and a lady in uniform immediately attended to me. I passed her my photo, my MyKad, my photocopy of my MyKad and my old passport. She did everything else on the kiosks, including inserting the MyKad and the old passport and helping me key in my contact number and also helping me inserting my cash into the machine. Easy peasy! All done in about 5 minutes!
Oh yes, there was one part where the machine needs to read your thumbprint (the right thumb). After everything was completed, a receipt was printed out. I was asked to wait for one hour before coming back to drop my receipt at Counter 1 to collect my new passport.
During collection of your new passport, they will verify your MyKad and also your right thumbprint before issuing you your passport. That's it! All done in under 90 minutes!
So what did I do during that 1 hour wait? There are a few mamak shops in the complex, so I just went there for a drink and played Angry Birds on my iPhone. Haha!
Now, if you want to know how to get to this Immigration office in Plaza Glomac, here's the easiest route.
1. Get onto the NKVE heading towards Subang/Kelana Jaya
2. Right after the Subang Toll Plaza, keep left.
3. After you pass Shell petrol station on your left, turn left.
4. You will see the Immigration Office on your left.
Here is the proper address.
Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia, Negeri Selangor, (Cawangan Subang),
Blok A, Plaza Glomac, Jalan SS7/19, Kelana Jaya,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel : 03-78830975 / 78850149 / 78850301
Faks : 03-78850243